JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) is a monthly journal owned and published since 1896 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) headquartered in Reston, Va. JOPERD is AAHPERD's largest, most frequently published, and most wide-ranging periodical. It is AAHPERD's cornerstone journal, reaching 12,000+ members and subscribers, providing information on a variety of health, physical education, recreation and dance issues. Subscribers are professionals supporting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, sport and education—all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The region covered by this journal is the US.Recent issues of JOPERD have included articles on teaching strategies, fitness, legal issues, assessment, dancing, teacher education, adapted physical education, leisure for older adults, the use of technology, and ethics and gender equity in sports and physical education. In January 2002, JOPERD featured an article on the benefits of physical exercise in reducing breast cancer risk. In April 2007, JOPERD ran a series of articles on obesity, including the mental aspects of obesity, early childhood obesity intervention and online sources of information on the epidemic. In October 2009, JOPERD included an article on the gender gap in youth sports, particularly in urban communities. This was based on the results of Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America, a comprehensive study based on two nationwide surveys of youth sports participation. Michael T. Shoemaker is the Editor, and Laura Stecker is the Associate Editor. Contributing editors are Derrick Mears, Ferman Konukman, Thomas H. Sawyer and Susan F. Ayers.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 7, September

An Intercontinental Track Meet
In 1994, the Omaha Public Schools in Omaha, Nebraska, went online with the world. Many of the district's schools were hooked up with the Internet, the global computer-telecommunications network. This connection to the world led to an idea that international...
Cultural Inclusiveness in Sport - Recommendations from African American Women College Athletes
The recommendations in this article, which are based on and address the cultural needs of African American female athletes, can be applied to sport programs at all levels of competition, with varying degrees of racial composition, and to programs in...
Developing Self-Esteem and Leadership Skills in Native American Women: The Role Sports and Games Play
Native American women view competition as a motivating, stimulating force that spurs individuals toward greatness. The values and skills Native Americans - particularly Native American women - needed for survival were perpetuated through games and sports....
Latinas in Sport and Physical Activity
This article describes some of the experiences that Latinas have as students and participants in sports and physical activity programs. Little has been written about the experiences of Latinas - women of Latino heritage - in sport and physical activity...
Modifying Activities for Developmental Appropriateness
Physical educators need to modify activities in ways that will increase each student's chances of successful participation. Many traditional teacher preparation programs focus on the development of sport skills through lead-up games and team sport activities....
Need Equipment? Organize a Make-It/take-It Workshop!
During a recent Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, several physical educators met for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant. The main topic of conversation was the equipment used during several of...
Teaching Net Games to Low-Skilled Students: A Teaching for Understanding Approach
With the teaching for understanding approach, standard game skills are modified to help students focus on the important concepts and strategies all net games share. Net games - including tennis, badminton, pickleball, paddle ball, and others - are part...
The Invisible Women
Asian American women from several generations are struggling to balance the ambivalence created by acculturation/assimilation. When I was asked to contribute to this feature on women of color, I found that some of the ambiguity I was feeling while trying...
Women of Color
Perspectives Within the Profession To effectively interact with their students, leaders and teachers in sport and physical activity need to be familiar with their students' cultural backgrounds. Physical educators can benefit from learning about the...
Women Sports Leaders and Educators of Color - Their Socialization and Achievement
Since the 1980s, many outstanding women of color have assumed major responsibilities within AAHPERD and other sports-related organizations. Many faculty and students in health, physical education, sport administration, and sport studies have not had...